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Navajo Joe (1966)

Not Rated | | Western | 25 November 1966 (Italy)
A Native American warrior called Navajo Joe seeks revenge on a gang of sadistic outlaws who has massacred the people of his tribe.

Director:

Sergio Corbucci

Writers:

Ugo Pirro (story), Piero Regnoli (screenplay) (as Dean Craig) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Navajo Joe
Aldo Sambrell ... Mervyn 'Vee' Duncan (as Aldo Sanbrell)
Nicoletta Machiavelli ... Estella - Mrs. Lynne's maid
Fernando Rey ... Rev. Rattigan
Tanya Lopert Tanya Lopert ... Maria - Saloon Girl
Franca Polesello Franca Polesello ... Barbara - Saloon Girl
Lucia Modugno Lucia Modugno ... Geraldine - Wounded Saloon Girl
Pierre Cressoy Pierre Cressoy ... Dr. Chester Lynne (as Peter Cross)
Roberto Paoletti Roberto Paoletti ... Sheriff Johnson
Nino Imparato Nino Imparato ... Chuck Holloway - Banjo Player (as Antonio Imparato)
Lucio Rosato Lucio Rosato ... Jeffrey Duncan
Valeria Sabel Valeria Sabel ... Hannah Lynne
Mario Lanfranchi Mario Lanfranchi ... Jefferson Clay - Mayor
Ángel Álvarez ... Oliver Blackwood - Bank Manager (as Angel Alvarez)
Rafael Albaicín Rafael Albaicín ... Mexican Scalphunter (as Rafael Albaicin)
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Storyline

Ravaging the land like a pitiless scourge, Vee Duncan's savage gang of cutthroats massacre the entire tribe of a peaceful Navajo village, scalping them all for a dollar apiece. With his companion brutally murdered, the Navajo native and the slaughter's sole survivor, Joe, stealthily pursues the blood-thirsty outlaws on their way to the small town of Esperanza, where a treacherous member of the community encourages Duncan to hijack a government train crammed with cash. Their well-thought strategy guarantees success; however, Navajo Joe still thirsts for retribution. Can a single man foil the plans of Duncan's ferocious crowd of killers? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Navajo revenge slashes... burns... ravages the screen! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 November 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Navajo's Land See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Apparently, actress Nicoletta Machiavelli complained about the amount of dialogue she had in this picture and added that she felt that she didn't have a sense of place in the picture. See more »

Goofs

When the telegraph man announces that the only telegraph line has been cut, the next scene clearly shows high-line wires behind Burt Reynolds' head. See more »

Quotes

Jeffrey Duncan: Nobody ever had mercy on me. When I was a boy they beat me. Even called me bastard. I didn't cry and I couldn't fight back. So thaY began my reveange to get back at them. Brought out my hatred for the indians, like my mother. And I kill white people like my father. My father... A preacher like you, a minister. Breed by mercy. But I got a bad breake when somebody killed him and beat me to the punch.
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Alternate Versions

For its original UK cinema release BBFC cuts were made to edit the shooting scenes, the beating of the Indian, and the killing of Duncan with a rock. The Optimum DVD restores the cinema edits but is cut by 6 secs to remove shots of horsefalls and a cockfight. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Aída: La LOGSE no es para mí (2005) See more »

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Lock me in that prison or aeroplane!
21 March 2005 | by marc-366See all my reviews

By claiming that Navajo Joe was only shown in prisons and aeroplanes because nobody could leave, it is fair to assume that Burt Reynolds was not too impressed by his Spaghetti Western experience! What an understatement, he thought it was awful. Oh Burt, how very very wrong you are. Navajo Joe is a very fine Spaghetti Western indeed.

Corbucci's direction is fantastic, right from the off - a powerful scene where Duncan (played by Spaghetti stalwart Aldo Sanbrell) spies on a young Indian girl. They smile at each other before he shoots and scalps her. It becomes apparent from this moment on that Duncan is a callous and psychopathic killer - just what every good Spaghetti Western needs.

Reynolds dialogue is brief, which is very fitting for his character. And he plays the role superbly. The story powers on at great tempo and contains all the trademarks of a Corbucci movie - lots of deaths, a spoonful of unjust and some great camera work - all to the soundtrack of a powerful Morricone score.

Life in that Prison seems quite comfortable to me, Burt!


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